As the only female page in history to last beyond the first
year of the formal training required to become a knight, eleven-year-old
Keladry of Mindelan has an uphill battle to fight. In addition to proving
herself worthy of being a page, Kel spends her time defending first-year pages
from bullies, staying on top of homework, conquering her paralyzing fear of
heights, and keeping up with Lord Wyldon’s grueling physical training schedule.
Kel’s detractors do everything in their power to thwart her progress, from
tormenting her friends to sabotaging the Midwinter Festivities to kidnapping
her maid and dog on the day of final examinations.
The tide of resistance begins to turn slightly during the summer between
Kel’s second and third years, when she leads a team of pages in defensive
maneuvers against renegade bandits—coincidentally on the same day that she gets
her first period.
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